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The Avalon has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Avalon Limited/Touring offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Regal Sportback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Avalon and the Regal Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Avalon its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Regal Sportback has not been tested, yet.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Regal Sportback.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Buick is ranked 19th.
The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 51 more horsepower (301 vs. 250) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 260) than the Regal Sportback’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 51 more horsepower (301 vs. 250) than the Regal Sportback’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Regal Sportback (113 inches vs. 111.4 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Regal Sportback’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Regal Sportback’s (38.7 feet vs. 41 feet).
The Avalon has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Regal Sportback (104.3 vs. 98).
The Avalon has .6 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Regal Sportback.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Avalon. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Avalon’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Regal Sportback’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
The Avalon Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Regal Sportback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Avalon detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Regal Sportback’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Avalon Limited/Touring’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Avalon has standard extendable sun visors. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Regal Sportback Essence/Avenir/GS. The Avalon Limited/Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Regal Sportback.
The Avalon has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Regal Sportback.
Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $175 less than the Regal Sportback over a five-year period.
The Avalon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Avalon will retain 47.15% to 48.78% of its original price after five years, while the Regal Sportback only retains 41.25% to 43.07%.
The Toyota Avalon outsold the Buick Regal by over two to one during 2018.
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